LatAm: risk index of money laundering and terrorist financing 2018

This statistic shows the risk index of money laundering and terrorist financing in Latin America and the Caribbean in 2018, by country. The Basel AML Index is a composite index, a combination of 14 different indicators with regards to corruption, financial standards, political disclosure and rule of law and tries to measure the risk level of money laundering and terrorist financing in different countries. The numbers used are based on publicly available sources such as the FATF, Transparency International, the World Bank and the World Economic Forum and are meant to serve as a starting point for further investigation. In 2018, Haiti was ranked as the country with the highest risk in Latin America, with an index score of 7.33.

Risk index score of money laundering and terrorist financing in Latin America and the Caribbean in 2018, by country

Risk index score
Haiti7.33
Paraguay6.79
Nicaragua6.72
Argentina6.55
Jamaica6.48
Ecuador6.3
Panama6.21
Guyana6.12
Bolivia6.02
Honduras5.85
Dominican Republic5.8
Venezuela5.69
Costa Rica5.47
El Salvador5.43
Trinidad and Tobago5.25
Mexico5.17
Peru5.14
Brazil4.96
Guatemala4.95
St. Lucia4.48
St. Vincent and the Grenadines4.46
Colombia4.42
Grenada4.2
Dominica4.17
Chile4.16
Uruguay4.05
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Source

Release date

September 2018

Region

Central and South America, Mexico

Survey time period

2018

Supplementary notes

The source measured the risk of money laundering and terrorist financing by using several indicators, such as rule of law and financial regulations. It is explicitly stated that there is no reliable quantitative data on money laundering available, and the index score is used to "indicate the risk level, i.e. the vulnerabilities of money laundering and terrorist financing within a country". The higher the number, the higher the risk.

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